An Ohio statute prohibited Medicaid providers and their owners from making campaign contributions to candidates for state attorney general or county prosecutor. Physician constitutional defenders claimed that the ban on contributions restricted their First Amendment interests and was more restrictive than necessary to achieve its goal of preventing corruption. The court held that the contribution ban violated the physicians' constitutional rights as Medicaid providers and provider owners. Lavin, et al. v. Husted (6th Cir. Aug. 3, 2012).
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